Author: IEN Staff  Published: 2/16/2021 Intentional Endowments Network 

The Leading Mission-Aligned Investing Network for Higher Education and Other Endowed Institutions

Our vision is that all endowed institutions mobilize capital to create a world where all people thrive with equal access to personal and economic opportunity.

Our economic system’s prioritization of short-term returns over long-term value creation has exacerbated the issues of climate change, racial injustice, and widening economic inequality. Intentional Endowments Network encourages and supports higher education institutions to adopt long-term investment strategies that create an equitable, low-carbon, and regenerative economy.

We believe that higher education institutions are influential actors with power to drive systemic change – to benefit themselves and society as a whole.

Higher education and other social purpose institutions are making critical choices every day about how to operate in a society and economy facing multiple intersecting crises. The higher education sector  educates 20 million students per year in the US, who are society’s future leaders and professionals. It helps solve current problems, anticipate tomorrow’s challenges, and serve as a model in all of its actions, including endowment investing.

Our goal is for the 2,000 higher education institutions, totaling $650 billion in endowment assets and $890 billion in retirement funds, to invest in ways that accelerate the shift to an equitable, low carbon, and regenerative economy. We are also working to ensure higher education institutions develop the next generation of leaders committed to this type of economy through student managed investment funds and sustainable investing curriculum.


About the Intentional Endowments Network

The Intentional Endowments Network is a non-profit, peer-learning network advancing intentionally designed endowments – those that seek to enhance financial performance by making investments that advance an equitable, low carbon, and regenerative economy. Working closely with leading organizations, the network engages leaders and key stakeholders from higher education, foundations, business, and nonprofits. It provides opportunities for learning and education, peer networking, convening, thought leadership and information exchange around a variety of strategies (e.g., ESG integration, impact investing, and shareholder engagement).

Read about IEN’s history.


Demonstrate and advance your leadership in creating a low-carbon, regenerative, and equitable economy by becoming a member of the Intentional Endowments Network today.

The Crane Institute of Sustainability, Board of Directors

Natasha Lamb (Chair), Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital

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Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, environmentalist and human rights activist; Co-Chair, Green Leadership Trust (GLT); Vice Chair, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

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Robert E. Johnson, President, Western New England University

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Bob Litterman, Chairman, Risk Committee and Academic Advisory Board at Kepos Capital LP

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Glen Macdonald, Managing Director and Senior Investment Advisor at Cornerstone Capital

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Joanna Olin, Chief of Staff, Smith College

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Jameela Pedicini, Executive Director, Climate Finance Initiatives, Bloomberg LP

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Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Founder and CEO, Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc.

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Gabe Rissman, Co-Founder & President, Yourstake.org

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Anthony Rust, Impact Fund Manager, BEI Business Equity Fund; Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College

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Sandra A. Urie, Chairman Emeritus, Cambridge Associates

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Georges Dyer, Co-founder and Executive Director

Intentional Endowments Network & the Crane Institute of Sustainability

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Noreen Marton, Business Manager

Intentional Endowments Network & the Crane Institute of Sustainability

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Executive Committee

Garrett Ashley (Co-Chair), Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement, The California State University

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Joe Biernat, Trustee, Gettysburg College

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Lisa Hayles, Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management

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Tamara Larsen, Executive Director, Head of Mission Aligned Investing, Agility

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Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management

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Jeff Mindlin, Vice President of Investments, ASU Enterprise Partners

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Tom Mitchell, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates

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Carol Jeppesen, Head of US, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

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Libby George, Director of Investments, North Carolina State University

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Steering Committee

Garrett P. Ashley, Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement, The California State University

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Joe Biernat, Trustee, Gettysburg College

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Keryn Brock, Head of Institutional Endowment and Foundation Business, Brown Advisory

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Tim Coffin, Senior Vice President, Breckinridge Capital Advisors

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Felicia Davis, Co-founder, HBCU Green Fund; Coordinator, Sustainability at Clark Atlanta University

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Libby George, Director of Investments, North Carolina State University

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Erik Gross, Board Treasurer, UNH Foundation

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Kelly Major Green, CIMA®, Chicago office of Graystone Consulting, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

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Lisa Hayles, Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management

 

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Carol Jeppesen, Head of US, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

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Robert E. Johnson, President, Western New England University

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Karan Kishorepuria, Student, Northeastern University

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Alex Lamb, Trustee, Montserrat College of Art; Managing Director, Commonwealth Impact Partners

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Tamara Larsen, Executive Director, Perella Weinberg Partners

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Henry M. Lancaster, Partner at Lancaster Craig & Associates, Director of the HBCU Green Fund, and Trustee of Lincoln University

 

 

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Maria Lettini, Director, Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) Initiative

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Ken Locklin, Senior Advisor – Director, Impax Asset Management

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Carol Malnick, Vice President, Boston Common Asset Management

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Tom Mitchell, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates

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Jeff Mindlin, Vice President of Investments, ASU Enterprise Partners

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Robert Nava, Executive Director, California State University San Bernardino Philanthropic Foundation

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Catie O’Connell, Director, Institutional Development Unit, Natixis Investment Managers

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Neda Nobari, Vice Chair of the Foundation Board, San Francisco State University

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Anthony Rust, Impact Fund Manager, BEI Business Equity Fund, Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College

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Tim Smith, Senior Vice President, Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management, Boston Trust

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Daren Smith, President and Chief Investment Officer, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation (UTAM) 

 

 

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Randall Strickland, Director and Investment Advisor, Cornerstone Capital Group

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Heidi Welsh, Executive Director, Sustainable Investments Institute

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Lindsey White, Senior Manager of the Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability, Ceres

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Justin Wilson, Director, Diverse Asset Managers Initiative (DAMI)

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